What to Do When You Burn Your Tongue or Mouth

Sometimes good things can bite back at us. If you’re a big fan of coffee or soup, you know what I’m talking about. When you burn your tongue, all you want is to know when it’ll feel better.

Burning your tongue is quite the common nuisance, almost always because you don’t notice how hot your food or drink is before taking a bite or sip. Sometimes if it’s bad enough, it may even cause the papillae (the natural bumps on your tongue) to disappear for the time being. Not paying attention or neglecting to test your food and drinks before digging in is usually the cause, and it’s easy to do.

If you’re wanting to ease your pain, acting swiftly helps a lot. Lucky for you, there are several remedies that can help the next time you burn your mouth on a sip of steaming coffee or bite of pizza.

Sip and soothe.
As soon as you burn your tongue, get a glass of water. Colder water will obviously soothe your tongue more than something that is lukewarm, but getting a glass of water is more important than worrying too much about how cold it is. This also helps to keep your mouth hydrated, which increases saliva flow, fighting against any bacteria that could further harm the area. Try to stay away from hot foods and drinks, as those will irritate the burn while it heals.

Cool it down.
Now that you’ve got some water after the initial burn, eating something that’s cold and soft will help numb your tongue. You don’t want something rough, like chips, as they won’t be nice to your tongue. Ice cream is an obvious option here, so enjoy the rare time that eating ice cream is “good” for you.


Swish with salt water.
Once your mouth has cooled off, rinse it out thoroughly with salt water. Salt is a natural antiseptic, which can reduce swelling and pain.

Sugarcoat it.

Sugar is a lesser known pain reliever that you can find right in your kitchen. Just drizzle some sugar over your tongue, let it dissolve, and feel it work. Just be sure not to use too much as it’s not great for your teeth. If you’re a big fan of honey, you’re in luck. It’s another delicious burn cure.


A tongue burn will eventually go away, but just know in the meantime that you have options with these simple tongue burn home remedies.

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